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Blogging: What’s the Difference Between Pingbacks and Trackbacks?
In the blogging world we often hear the words “pingback” and “trackback”. We vaguely understand them both to mean linking to someone else’s content, but what’s the difference between them?
Get the trackback URL for the other person’s content
Put that URL into your blogging software’s editing interface
Write an excerpt for what you said about their content
Pingbacks are much easier. All you have to do with a pingback is:
Links to someone else’s content
That’s pretty much it since pingbacks are enabled (both incoming and outgoing) by default on most major blogging engines. Here are a few other differences:
Trackbacks contain more content, i.e. the excerpt, where pingbacks just have the source and destination links
Pingbacks are less prone to spam than trackbacks, as incoming software checks to see if the source link actually exists before it allows it to be posted
Pingbacks use XML-RPC while trackbacks use a standard HTTP POST
So that’s about it: pinbacks are essentially the newer and less time-consuming way of doing trackbacks. For more information on the subtleties of blog linking technologies check out the Wikipedia article on linkbacks.: